Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sale, Custom Mini, Music City Bowl, Travel Horror Story = Random, but Fun

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying your break as much as I am! 

I now have my custom mini!!

I'm so excited!!

She was wonderful to work with and she made sure she added every little detail I wanted. 
Her turnaround was super fast.
Her terms of use are very fair and easy to abide by.
Let's just say, my custom min is going to be everywhere. ;)
Just click on her button, to see the custom minis in her store and how to get your own! 

Yesterday, the hubs and I went to Nashville with my sister and her husband for the Music City Bowl. The boys love football. My sister and I kind of understand it, so we went. The temp was in the low 30s, but it felt like it was in the teens!

Here we are all bundled up - 

Me and the hubs

My sister and her hubby
Our view

We left early to hopefully avoid the traffic and get out easily. Enter...travel horror story....
We were not able to go on the interstate going the way we needed to because it was blocked. So I (bless my heart, I was driving) faithfully followed the Garmin, got off on the next exit and was going to turn around there. However, that exit onto the interstate was also blocked both ways. We were able to get off, but not on. We circled in downtown Nashville for an hour and a half, trying to find another exit. The first policeman we talked to (because they were everywhere) told us a way to go, but then said good luck because it was probably still blocked. We asked the 2nd policeman which way to go to get to Knoxville (the next big city for us to pass through on our way home). He hadn't heard of Knoxville, told us just to go on the interstate and turn around, but not which exits were open to reentry. (At least they were all nice and I know they had to be super cold.) We finally got going the way we needed to, 2 hours into wandering around. Let's just say that the next time we go to an event in a big city, this small town girl will NOT be driving on the way home. 

 Now, for my sale. My 4 featured products are on sale for 50% off!!

So it's time to snatch up a good deal on...
and get ready for after the break!

Just click on the picture to check it out!

I hope you have a blessed, safe and happy New Year!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Final Giveaway for 13 Days of Christmas!!

I hope you have enjoyed all the freebies over the past 13 days! All good things must come to an end and today is no different.  Today your last oppurtunity  to enter all the giveaways from these 13 AMAZING bloggers! :)

Just click the links below to go directly to their blogs and download their freebie and enter to win their giveaways.












There is also one more giveaway  that you don't want to miss out on...it's ALL 13 prizes for one lucky winner! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

We hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

"A Hallelujah Christmas" by Cloverton from Ross Wooten on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

11th Day of Christmas {Giveaways and a Freebie!}

On the 11th day of Christmas Mrs. Lindsey gave to me

This freebie will help your little ones with sequencing numbers 10-20.   Click the image above to hop over to my TpT store and grab this freebie! Let me know what you think by leaving feedback :)

I also have a giveaway at the bottom of this post to win my "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell" Literacy Mini Pack. You know how I LOVE the old lady books!

But before you go enter check out my answers to our 12 Holiday questions and get to know me a little bit better. :)

1. What's your favorite Holiday song?

The Snoopy theme song is my absolute favorite. It's not exactly a holiday song, BUT I have heard it in the stores when they are playing Christmas music.

Don't you just love how they dance?! So adorable!

2. What's your favorite holiday memory?

My favorite holiday memory is from the first Christmas with my husband (before we were married). I bought him a very large tool box that he had been eyeing at Home Depot. The look on his face when he got it was priceless, and then he had to help me unload the heavy thing from my car.

My car was packed to the roof!

3. What's your favorite holiday indulgence?

My mom always makes cookies by double boiling chocolate and then adding nuts to the melted chocolate. It sounds super easy to make, but I've never got it quite right. Mom always makes a batch for me and one for my sister at Christmas. Let's just say they don't last very long.

4. What's your favorite holiday food?

I love the ham! I know I can bake a ham any time of the year, but of course it's better with the big holiday meal.

5. What's your favorite holiday craft?

When our family gets together for our big meal, we make a gingerbread house with my niece and nephew afterwords. Now, this isn't any ol gingerbread house. My sister actually bakes all of the pieces for the house and makes the icing. We have so much fun putting it together and make such a huge mess!

For the classroom, this is my favorite holiday craft that we made this year-

Just know that you may have some Sharpies die on you during this project.
6. What's your favorite holiday tradition?

The cookie exchange. Each Christmas, the whole extended family comes together. This year it was supposed to be at my house. But, then I did some counting and decided that 20+ people just would not fit in my kitchen and living room. So, I'm still cooking the meal but it will be a my mom and dad's. {Wish me luck because while making cupcakes last week, I turned the oven off in the process of turning the timer on. Let's just say those cupcakes are in the trash.} Anyway, each "little" family makes enough cookies to give to everyone there. Each "little" family brings a bucket and we share our cookies. The hubby and I eat most of them in the car on the way home.

7. What's your favorite holiday movie?

Elf! You just have to love that bubbly, kind personality!

8. What do you get your class for a holiday gift?

When I taught 1st grade, I would always buy them books through Scholastic. When I moved back to kindergarten a couple of years ago, we decided to get them stuffed animals. I teach at a low-income school. When we have our teddy bear day, it's sad to say, but some of them actually do not have a teddy bear at home. So, at Christmas, I make sure that is taken care of.

9. What's your favorite holiday thing to teach?

How do I pick?! Last week we did "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell". My new Pete the Cat Christmas book came in Friday. I absolutely love it! If you don't have it yet, you NEED it! This week we are doing the Gingerbread Man unit and the week after will be all of my Christmas books I haven't got to yet.

10. What's your favorite holiday book?

11. What's your favorite holiday product?

Hmm...I would have to say the morning messages. You would not believe the conversations we had this week when talking about polar bears! On one message, it was about how polar bears stay warm and we discussed and wrote about how we stay warm. In my head, I figured they would say coat and be done. But, no, I had answers from my kinders like blanket, clothes, and even hot tub! It was definitely an interesting journal entry.

12. What do you want Santa to bring you this year?

I actually already got it. My hubby let me have it early. I got a new printer with an ink plan from Best Buy. They have 3 HP printers to choose from and 3 different plans. I now only pay $10 a month and can print 300 pages a month. It's wireless and sends a message when I need new ink and it's mailed to me. No more going out to buy ink and not remembering what to buy! If I go over my page limit, it's only $1 for each additional 25 pages printed. No more printing in draft trying to save ink and still running out of ink way too fast. If you print a lot, this is something to definitely check out.

HP - ENVY Wireless e-All-In-One Printer - Larger Front

And now for the giveaway...enter below for a chance to win my "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell" Literacy Mini Pack.

Be sure to stop by Creation Castle tomorrow for the 12th day of Christmas!

Creation Castle  

If you haven't checked out the previous giveaways make sure you go enter to win

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Don't forget to come back on day 14 for a chance to win EVERYTHING!

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Easy Activities for Christmas in the Classroom {Ornaments and a Freebie}

Hello friends! We are at T -5 days until break!!  Here is a random look at our activities from last week:

We used our measurement skills to construct a Christmas tree.
 We used q-tips to paint the snow.

We've been working on our random acts of kindness using the free pack from A Year of Many Firsts:
Free Packet: We Are Kind Kids {Random Acts of Kindness}

Here's our wrapped present we get the cards out of each day.

We worked together to decorate a gingerbread man:

I was too cheap to buy the Elf on the Shelf. So here is Santa's helper, Penelope.
 Santa leaves us messages in my best cursive on the blank one.

We have made several ornaments in our "spare" time. This one was easy and free. I just used the die cut machine to cut Christmas trees. Then, students tore and balled up tissue paper and glued it down. Easy and much prettier than I thought they would be.

And here is a freebie to help with getting thank you notes back to your little ones when they give you a Christmas gift. I always feel awkward with this. Parents are usually at our Christmas party and I by no means expect presents from my little ones and make a big deal out of anything I get and let all of them help me open the gifts. But, it's just hard when parents are watching you. 

Christmas Thank You Note - Freebie